Theatre department to celebrate season of love with Shakespeare

The MSU theatre department will present "Love Letters from Shakespeare: A Night of Music, Dance and Sonnets" on Feb. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage at McComas Hall. Admission is $10 and tickets may be purchased at the door or online at

Taking selected and well-known sonnets and dealing with themes of time, beauty and mortality, the performance, written, compiled, and directed by Donna Clevinger, frames various topics of love during this Valentine's Day season.

Original music composed by MSU music majors, dance presented by MSU's Terpsichore Dance Theatre Company, narration by MSU professors Robert Wolverton and Nancy Hargrove, and musical talents of professors Guy Hargrove and Michael Patilla tie these powerful rhythms together and guide audience members through the evening.

At the conclusion of each night's performance, MSU scholars will lead discussions on the various themes of love and the place of the sonnet throughout literature.

"Love Letters" is the beginning of several days of activities under the auspices of the MSU Institute for the Humanities entitled "Shakespeare: From Page to Stage."

These activities include: February displays at the Starkville Public Library and MSU's Colvard Student Union; Starkville Academy art students' Renaissance exhibit at the Greater Starkville Convention and Visitors Bureau; workshops led by actors from the American Shakespeare Center for high school students scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21, in Starkville and in Columbus; MSU and EMCC workshops scheduled for Feb. 22; and a performance of "Twelfth Night" by the American Shakespeare Center scheduled for Feb. 22.

The "Twelfth Night" performance is part of MSU's Lyceum Series and a Cross College Research Award through the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development.

The displays and workshops are free and open to all, space permitting. For more information, contact Clevinger at 662-325-4034 or

Morgan Tubbs | University Relations

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